The Mission of the Department of Justice Services is to promote a safe and healthy community through evidence-based practices that empower participants to achieve measurable success.
Department of Justice Services Administration
730 E. Broad Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Division of Adult Programs
306 N. 8th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Fax: (804)646-8994 or (804)646-0411
Juvenile Community Programs
306 N. 8th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Juvenile Detention Center
1700 Oliver Hill Way
Richmond, VA 23219
Dawn Barber, Director (804) 646-3763
Sophia Stephens, Director's Executive Assistant (804) 646-3011
Rhonda Gilmer, Deputy Director (804) 646-5410
Shannon Paul, Deputy Director (804) 646-5415
Ernestine Rollins, Management Analyst Principal (804) 646-3261
Luis Mercado, Manager, Division of Adult Programs (804) 646-0331
Bill Wooldridge, Manager, Home Electronic Monitoring (804) 646-8975
Robin Autry, Manager, Adult Day Reporting Center (804) 646-1525
Rodney Baskerville, Superintendent, Richmond Juvenile Detention Center (804) 646-3456
We welcome all comments and suggestions. Please let us know how we are doing and your suggestions on how we can improve the programs and services that we provide.
Division of Juvenile Community Programs
The Division of Juvenile Community Programs is designed to enhance public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through valuable prevention services, and evidence based intervention programming that strengthens families and changes the lives of at-risk youth.
In accordance with the Balanced Approach philosophy, all VJCCCA programs must:
1) Promote public safety;
2) Hold juveniles accountable for their behavior (sanctions); and/or
3) Build skills or provide treatment to improve a juvenile’s behavior (competency development).
Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act: History of VJCCCA
In 1995, the General Assembly enacted the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act (VJCCCA) that restructured funding for local juvenile justice programming. Block grant funding was discontinued for all programs except secure detention. Established block grant funds formed the basis for VJCCCA. The General Assembly appropriated additional funding so that all localities could implement programs and services to meet the needs of juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system. As a component of the legislation, all localities were required to expend an amount equal to the sum of their fiscal year 1995 expenditures for pre-dispositional and post-dispositional block grant alternatives to secure detention. This required local funding is called the Maintenance of Effort (MOE).
The Community Monitoring program provides case management, face-to-face contacts with a youth at home or school, daily curfew checks and supportive individual counseling to post-dispositional youth who are at risk of re-offending while on probation. These services deter future delinquency while improving functioning in the home and community. To be eligible for program participation the following criteria are applicable:
- Youth must be between the ages of 14 and 17.
- Youth must be non-violent offenders who have a limited arrest record
- Parents/guardians must be willing to uphold program stipulations.
Referrals may be made by 13th District Court Service Unit staff. For more information on Youth Monitoring and Surveillance, please call (804) 646-3372.
The Evening Reporting Center (ERC) is a component of the City’s community based system of sanctions and services for juveniles who are before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The array of services is offered with the framework of a balanced approach to juvenile justice. The ERC is designed as a non-residential, highly structured Extended Day Program that operates during the hours of 3pm to 8pm. The program offers structured program activities to include cultural enrichment, group activities and individual intervention services.
Referrals may be made by 13th District Court Service Unit staff. For more information on the Evening Reporting Center program, please call (804) 646-8975.
The Richmond Juvenile Behavioral Health Docket (RJBHD) helps youth successfully separate from the criminal justice system by addressing their behavioral health and substance use. This multi-agency program serves juveniles who live in the City of Richmond and works collaboratively with families of individuals involved in the RJBHD.
- The RJBHD operates using a post-plea deferred sentencing model. Delinquent charges may be dismissed and or reduced upon successful completion of this court-supervised treatment program. With early screening, intervention and an individually tailored treatment plan, the RJBHD is designed to maximize the chances of success for each participant.
- RJBHD offers treatment and support to participants and/or their families with substance use issues that are beyond the experimental stage as well as addressing any behavioral health issues. The program is milestone completion driven over a period of approximately 9 to 12 months. The emphasis is behavior change across various domains to include, home, community, and school.
The Community Service Program (CSP) services court involved youth and provides juvenile courts, probation departments, and judicial officers with the option of community service as an alternative to fines and/or incarceration for misdemeanor and felony offenders including traffic offenders.
There are two components, Weekend and Hourly Community Service. The purpose of the Hourly Community Service Program (HCSP) is to provide constructive sanctions and accountability for juvenile offenders between the ages of 10-17 by placing them in the community and allowing them to contribute back to their neighborhoods. The purpose of the Weekend Community Service Program (WCSP) is to provide an alternative to detention for non-violent juvenile offenders who need a structured supervised environment where they are held accountable for their delinquent acts.
The Juvenile Surveillance program is governed by the Richmond Department of Justice Services. These services are designed to provide the least restrictive alternative placement for juvenile offenders before the court on pre and post-dispositional status. The degree of restriction matches the risk level posed by the youth. The program thereby ensures that costly secure detention beds are reserved for youth who present the greatest risk to public safety while reducing the secure detention population. Home incarceration with electronic monitoring is a system component of supervision that will be utilized when imposed by the court to monitor the juvenile offender curfew/house arrest restrictions and all whereabouts 24 hours a day with GPS technology.
Supervision and Treatment Objectives
- To help ensure that the youth remains trouble free and available for court in pre dispositional status.
- To provide intensive supervision to the youth placed in the program.
- To assist the parents in empowering the family and developing a feeling for a safe and nurturing environment for their children.
For more information on Surveillance Services please contact: (804)646-3372.
The Law Related Education Program (LRE) is designed for juvenile offenders under the supervision of the 13th District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The program and curriculum are designed to give young people an understanding and appreciation of the law, the legal system, their rights, and responsibilities as engaged citizens. The program employs legal processes and principles to help people find practical solutions to everyday problems. Students in the LRE program are active, hands-on participants.
Law Related Education helps youth become effective, law-abiding citizens by promoting civic responsibility. It increases self-esteem and promotes a more favorable attitude toward authority figures. LRE is an important part of the nationwide effort to prevent violence and restore mutual respect and civility to American community life.
Referrals may be made by 13th District Court Service Unit staff. For more information on the Law Related Education program, please call (804) 646-8975.
Youth Justice is a program offering an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system by using positive peer interactions to ensure that teens who have committed minor offenses learn accountability, repair the harm caused by their actions, and receive services needed to avoid further involvement in the justice system. Youth receive coaching on essential life skills in a supportive environment in lieu of sanctions provided through the Juvenile Court. Eligible participants are referred to Youth Justice by the Juvenile Court as a diversion option for low-level offenders.
Low-level criminal offenses include offenses such as damage to property, petit larceny, battery and disorderly conduct. If youth choose to participate in the Youth Justice Program and complete their restorative justice agreement, they are successfully diverted from the Juvenile Justice System. To support the success of Youth Justice, specially-trained youth leaders between the ages of 14-18 serve as advocates and mentors for their peers.
- Youth Justice Information (English) Youth Leader Application (English)
- Youth Justice Information (Spanish) Youth Leader Application (Spanish)
Office Hours and Contact Information:
Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm
Ericka Wakefield, Program Manager
Phone: (804) 646-6484
306 N. 8th Street, Richmond, VA, 23219